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July 27, 2016 @ 2:54 am

IFNYC #004: Sean & Taylor King

IFNYC 004: Private Sales – Shooting a Series with a One Person Crew

 

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On this episode of the podcast I’m talking with Sean & Taylor King – a father son team who produced a dramatic web series called Private Sales.

Last week we spoke with filmmaker Michael Fileld from Connecticut who got into the WGA based on the work he did in a web series. Like many filmmakers producing web series, a lot of his work is based in the comedy world. And I’d like to remind anyone going to the ITVFest in Dover, VT this October, to check out his latest show, Life ends at 30.

Sean and Taylor have also made a foray into the world of independent web series, but they did so with a dramatic series that you might find on a premium cable channel like HBO or Showtime.  Just read the show’s description;

When Jacob Hunter’s [played by Taylor King] wealthy parents are murdered, he returns from college to mourn and take care of the estate.  With his inheritance tied up in probate, Jacob takes a job driving high price escorts.  As he searches for his parents killer, Jacob is sucked into the hidden world of sex workers and their clients.

The model Sean and Taylor built their series on is so fascinating and if you pay attention to the details in the interview, they impart some really great advice both on the practical end of shooting the series, as well as advice on how to write a series that can keep viewers engaged.

The thing that really caught my attention was that this show was shot with a one-man crew. The claim was hard to believe, especially if you see the quality of the show, but once I really dove into what they did and how they did it, I just knew that there were filmmakers out there who would benefit from learning the process these two employed to get their series done.

What’s even better, is that the production methods that they utilized and the equipment they used will translate into any type of independent filmmaking. So, whether you’re shooting your own web series, or you want to make a feature, a short or any other type of narrative project, you should get some really great insight in this episode.

 

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One more thing I want to say about web series is that it seems really difficult to cut through the noise to make a successful web series that gets the filmmakers any type of attention. Both Michael and I are torn on our thoughts about whether or not emerging filmmakers should put the energy into a web series.

From this discussion, we have decided to explore the pros and cons of producing a web series. We will most likely explore this through a series of blog posts. I’m also going to put some time into researching what web series were successful and why, and bring that information to you so that you can decide for yourselves if you want to go down the path of a web series. But if you do, I hope that the information we provide will help you make informed decisions about your project and put you in the best position for success, so keep an eye out for that series.

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July 20, 2016 @ 6:34 am

IFNYC #003: Michael Field

IFNYC 003: Michael Field – WGA Screenwriter & Web Series Producer

 

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Michael Field started out shooting no-budget skit shows on a VHS-C camera. Attended New York Film Academy in the summer of 1998, where he also produced his first short film, The Day the Mimes Pushed Back, which premiered on IFILM.com to good reviews.

In the fall of 1999, Michael co-founded Up on the Roof productions and moved into the digital age with his first DV short, The Hero. The story of an ordinary man who finds himself saving a damsel in distress placed in the top ten of the TriggerStreet.com Season 2 Online Festival and won “Best in Category” at the 2003 Dragon*con Short Film Festival.

Since then Michael has been honing his craft and with his work writing, producing and directing The Puzzle Maker’s Son [ 2010 – (drama/mystery web series) – Vimeo channel – https://vimeo.com/channels/puzzlemakerson ] he was able to joing the WGA.

Michael’s latest project is called “Life Ends at 30” – Official Website Here.  The short that kicks off the web series was accepted into the ITVFest, and will be screened during this years festival, which runs from October 5 – 9, 2016 in Dover, VT.  The ITVFest – Website

The ITVFest is a great event that I have personal experience with when I attended with a webseries I directed called Common Charges – Produced by Alison Whitney & Jonathan Zipper.  If you’ve got a television pilot, a web series or a short film, there is no better place to network. Unlike big city festivals where it can be difficult to interact with the right people, ITVFest in Vermont offers a unique opportunity to meet fellow professionals and make these lasting connections that can lead to prosperous careers.

Michael Field is also a published author, and his book, “Adam Parker and the Radioactive Scout” can be found on Amazon.  The book follows a “kid detective” in the style of Encyclopedia Brown, only now it’s 15 years later and he’s an adult.  He’s returned to his boyhood home and is talked into re-opening the detective agency to solve “one last crime.”  Reviews of the book often mention the cinematic style of his writing, further reinforcing Michael’s love of film and his screenwriting roots.

 

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One more thing I want to say about web series is that it seems really difficult to cut through the noise to make a successful web series that gets the filmmakers any type of attention. Both Michael and I are torn on our thoughts about whether or not emerging filmmakers should put the energy into a web series.

From this discussion, we have decided to explore the pros and cons of producing a web series. We will most likely explore this through a series of blog posts. I’m also going to put some time into researching what web series were successful and why, and bring that information to you so that you can decide for yourselves if you want to go down the path of a web series. But if you do, I hope that the information we provide will help you make informed decisions about your project and put you in the best position for success, so keep an eye out for that series.

But I’ll also be putting the information about that and many other things into our monthly email newsletter, so to really stay informed about what we’re doing here at IndieFilmNYC.com, please sign up for our news letter in the form below.

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July 13, 2016 @ 9:19 pm

IFNYC #002: Scott Fivelson

IFNYC 002: Scott Fivelson – Winner of the Breakthrough Director Spotlight at the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival

 

 
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Scott Fivelson is a veteran writer and producer and with Near Myth: The Oskar Knight Story, he was honored with the Breakthrough Director Spotlight Award at the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival.

This mockumentary about the real Hollywood phenomenon about how some great artists are consistently being overlooked by the Academy Awards during Oscar season is garnering buzz as it currently makes the rounds being screened in festivals around the globe.  His film is steeped in Hollywood history and is a film history lesson wrapped inside a touching story.
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One thing which I would like my audience to learn from this episode is that if you’re going to be an indie film maker, the biggest disadvantage you will have is that your marketing can’t compete with studios, who can put millions of advertising dollars behind their films, to reach the widest audience possible.

So, the first thing you should do is put a lot of thought and effort into both identifying and reaching out to the audience that you feel your film will resonate with. And it’s best to start that practice as early as you can… even before the film is in production

But like Scott, what will also really help is you, the filmmaker, being the champion of your film. Knowing it inside and out. Talking about it. Finding ways for people to watch your film theatrically – whether in film festivals or public screenings that you set up

Then when someone show an interest in the film, make sure you’re ready to provide them with access to yourself and any promo materials you have so if they want to interview you for a podcast, taped interview, a magazine article or even a blog post, you’ll be ready to go without delay. Because if someone shows an interest in you and your story, if you make them wait while you gather material together, you may miss your window….

because: “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity”

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“Near Myth: The Oskar Knight Story” Somewhere between This Is Spinal Tap!, That’s Entertainment!, and Sunset Boulevard, this unique Hollywood biopic is a life-and-times chronicle of one of our greatest directors — Oskar Knight. Lenny Von Dohlen (“Twin Peaks,” “Tender Mercies”) brings the iconic director stirringly to life — a legend of American cinema, forgotten by many, but remembered here by such real-life stars as Oscar winner Margaret O’Brien, International Emmy winner David Suchet, Joaquim de Almeida, Kristina Anapau, Julianna Guill, Rudolf Martin, Randall Batinkoff, Lawrence Pressman, Noel Neill, and many more. He probably never should have made Oskar Knight’s Moby Dick. But he did make They Came in Low. It’s the story of Oskar Knight.

 

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July 6, 2016 @ 6:36 pm

IFNYC #001: Build your audience because your film has a cause

IFNYC #001: Build your audience because your film has a cause

 

I interviewed actor Alex Montaldo and writer Jeff Mussilo about their film ‘In The Ring’ at the world famous Gleason’s Boxing Gym in Brooklyn, NY.

The film is based off of Alex’s real life work with his non-profit organization called stop-pd.org or stoPD “Support and Training to Overcome Parkinson’s disease” and their mission to help people with Parkinson’s disease improve their quality of life. More information can be found in their Facebook pagerocksteadyboxingnyla

In our conversation, we delve into the process of finding and working with a screenwriter to develop a screenplay, the collaboration process of bringing that story to life, finding producers who can help you bring that vision to life, and finding your audience when you have a socially conscientious story.

A film with a cause behind it is a great way to build support and a following for an indie filmmaker, because it often gives you a group of people who already identify with the cause and are searching for more information about it.

You don’t have to make a film with a cause, but if you do, be sure to utilize the built in audience to get your film seen and help you spread the word about your message.

 

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July 5, 2016 @ 7:31 pm

IFNYC #000: What is the Indie Film NYC Podcast all about?

IFNYC #000: What is the Indie Film NYC Podcast all about?

 

Welcome to the Indie Film NYC Podcast!

This episode of the podcast is an introduction to why we created IndieFilmNYC.com, the Podcast,  and the types of things you’re likely to hear when you listen to our podcast.

New Episodes will appear on the Podcast feed on iTunes and Stitcher

Every Wednesday we will feature a new interview with an independent filmmaker from around the country so you can hear how filmmakers are merging the art & business of independent filmmaking.

If you have the time, like, rate and review the podcast so we can help spread the word and make it easier for people to find us

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